Young scholar finds her place at TWU
“With hard work and practice, you can achieve your goals. The greatest barriers are those we put in front of ourselves.”
These are the wise words of 15-year-old Texas Woman's University student Haley Taylor Schlitz.
After graduating high school at the age of 14, Taylor Schlitz, who is from Keller, Texas, attended Tarrant County College (TCC). Upon completing her freshman year at TCC, she applied to and was accepted by 17 universities. TWU was her top choice, she says, because the campus is welcoming and supportive, and she found it empowering the university is 87 percent female.
Taylor Schlitz, who is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in interdisciplinary studies, knew early on that she wanted a career in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM). Her family has a long line of women who inspire her, starting with her great grandmother, a nurse.
“I am very fortunate to come from a family where the women broke ceilings and raised expectations of what women can do in the sciences,” she said.
While Taylor Schlitz loves math and science, she recently discovered a passion for the legal system. She is considering combining both into her future career plans. “The discussions in our society about equality and justice have made me wonder how I can make a positive impact through the legal system,” she said.
Taylor Schlitz doesn’t see her age as a factor as she adapts to life as a young college student: “From the teachers to the work load, the adjustment from high school is challenging.”
While only in her first college semester, Taylor Schlitz says she is already being impacted by her time at TWU: "I’m learning more about myself.”
She expects to graduate in 2020.